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Mothers Day Coloring Fun

Get your kids in on the hand made Mother’s Day card action!
Click the below links to download the coloring activities.

Mother’s Day Certificate Template
Mother’s Day Card Template
Giraffe Mom Best Mom Ever Trophy
Mother Giraffe

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!


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Happy Earth Day

Earthday-2013Let’s paint the town green.

Going green is easier than you think. There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility — it’s a privilege. ­In that spirit, HowStuffWorks came up with the top 5 things you can do to help save the Earth.

1.­ Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day [source: EPA]. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water

2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year [source: EPA]. Combine your errands — hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.

3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference.

4. Recycle.You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road [source: EPA].

5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm


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Vintage Toys: Building Blocks

I absolutely adore vintage toys. They are simple in concept, but have many developmental benefits. This week I decided to pay homage to vintage toys. 

Today is Building Block day. 

According to researchers, building blocks have physical, social, intellectual, and  creative benefits. 

  • Physical benefits: toy blocks build strength in a child’s fingers and hands, and improve eye-hand coordination. They also help educate children in different shapes.
  • Social benefits: block play encourages children to make friends and cooperate, and is often one of the first experiences a child has playing with others. Blocks are a benefit for the children because they encourage interaction and imagination. Creativity can be a combined action that is important for social play.
  • Intellectual benefits: children can potentially develop their vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Math skills are developed through the process of grouping, adding, and subtracting, particularly with standardized blocks, such as unit blocks. Experiences with gravity, balance, and geometry learned from toy blocks also provide intellectual stimulation.
  • Creative benefits: children receive creative stimulation by making their own designs with blocks.
As a kid I loved playing with building blocks. The possibilities are endless when playing with them. 
Click here to download my Building Block Coloring Sheet.
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_block